The Technology Alliance (Tech Alliance) is a statewide, non-partisan, not for profit organization that brings together leaders from Washington’s high tech businesses and research institutions to advance the vision of a vibrant, technology-based innovation economy that benefits all of our state’s citizens. The Tech Alliance engages in a variety of activities to support the drivers of our long-term economic success: an educated, competitive workforce; strong research capacity; and a robust entrepreneurial environment.
Since its founding in 1996, the Tech Alliance has effectively advocated for policies that improve Washington’s competitiveness and has implemented programs that advance innovation in our state. Learn about our activities and accomplishments below and visit us online at http://www.technology-alliance.com.
Showcasing a more connected innovation community to turn research into results
The Tech Alliance helps bridge the gap between research and commercialization by highlighting commercially promising discoveries and new technologies for our audience of investors, entrepreneurs, and commercialization experts. Since 2009, more than 85 companies have participated in the Tech Alliance’s Showcase events and many of them have gone on to secure new grants, successfully pitch to angel or venture investors, recruit advisory board members, and form strategic industry partnerships.
In March 2015, the Tech Alliance partnered with UW Computer Science & Engineering to present a day-long event on Big Data, “From Insight to Impact”. In 2014, the Tech Alliance partnered with the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA) to stage a half-day event highlighting investment opportunities at the intersection of health care and information technology.
TA Associates: Connecting regional organizations to advance the drivers of our economy
The Technology Alliance connects regional organizations from around the state that focus on technology-based economic development. The TA Associates share best practices, forge new collaborations, and provide regional perspectives on the Tech Alliance’s statewide initiatives and policy activities. Participants include the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance; the Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington; the Tri Cities Research District; the West Sound Technology Association, and Innovate Washington.
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Economic Impact Report: Illustrating the importance of our technology-based industries
The Tech Alliance periodically produces an economic impact report that provides a detailed analysis of the size and strength of our technology sector. The report highlights the growth in tech-related employment, as well as the other contributions that industries such as aerospace, information technology, scientific research, and device manufacturing are making to the statewide economy. The report, which was most recently published in May 2014, is widely cited by media and economic development groups, and used to inform policymakers of the vital importance of our innovative companies and institutions to the entire state.
Benchmarking Washington: Measuring our capacity to compete in the innovation economy
The Tech Alliance’s benchmarking study measures Washington’s performance in education, research and entrepreneurship compared with a group of peer states with technology-intensive economies, as well as the rest of the nation. Our benchmarks reframe and inform conversations around Washington’s economic competitiveness and are widely used by other organizations, the media, and policymakers. We released findings from our latest study in June 2015.
Innovation Coalition: Amplifying the voice of the technology community
The Tech Alliance collaborates with the state’s two major technology trade associations -- the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA) -- to advocate for a shared policy platform focused on cultivating the talent and conditions that will enable innovative, entrepreneurial businesses to thrive in our state. Alongside our partners, we have consistently made expansion of engineering and other high-impact degree programs a centerpiece of our ongoing policy advocacy efforts. We also have been a vocal proponent of targeted investments in academic research programs and successfully advocated for preservation of the Life Sciences Discovery Fund to advance promising life sciences research and commercialization in Washington.
State of Technology Luncheon: Celebrating Washington innovation and focusing on the future
The State of Technology Luncheon is the premier annual event for Washington’s innovation community, bringing together leaders from business, research, education and government to gain perspectives from world-renowned technology leaders and to learn the results of the Tech Alliance’s latest work. These luncheons have included such speakers as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Eric Schmidt, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates. Our 2014 luncheon featured acclaimed innovation expert and best-selling author Geoffrey Moore, and 2015 featured Concur CEO Steve Singh and Madrona Venture Group Managing Director Tom Alberg.
Technology Institute: Engaging state policy leaders and identifying strategies for success
The Tech Alliance organizes a biennial policy retreat for leaders from Washington’s tech-based businesses and research institutions to educate government leaders about issues affecting our innovative sectors and identify actions and investments that will advance our long-term competitiveness. The most recent Institute, “Beyond Benchmarking: Nurturing Talent, Innovation & Job Creation in Washington State,” took place in September 2013 and featured keynote presentations by Eric Kutcher, Managing Director for the Western U.S. region at McKinsey & Company, and Hadi Partovi, Co-founder & CEO of Code.org. The next Institute is planned for September 2015.